Scottie Scheffler hasn’t been number 1 in the world for two weeks, but Sunday in Mayakoba, he could have fooled everyone.
The second player in the world hit 62 in the final round – the lowest Day 4 score of his PGA Tour career – thanks to seven birdies and a 108-yard eagle on the third par 4. Scheffler climbed 33 spots on the leaderboard to the second ground.
The 26-year-old needs a win or a solo second to return to world number 1 (Rory McIlroy took the throne after winning the CJ Cup). This is unlikely to happen, however, as Scheffler was finishing just as the afternoon wave was starting. However, the world rankings were not on the reigning Masters champions mind on Sunday.
“I was just trying to show up and have a good round of golf,” Scheffler said later. “The rankings are great, it was definitely fun to be number 1 in the world, it’s definitely something I look forward to coming back to, but it’s not something that will occupy a lot of my thoughts.”
Part of the reason Scheffler designed the leaderboard was because of an equipment change – one of which he won four times earlier this year, including the Masters.
Full Field Scores from the World Technology Championship in Mayakoba
“I went back to my old bat for the round yesterday,” he said. “I think when I see so many putts going to the cup and not going in, it was like, ‘Well, maybe I’ll make a change and see what happens.’ This is usually the time of year I tend to experiment with things. It’s probably something I’ll keep messing with, but I’ve come back to something I’m really comfortable with and have done well for the last couple of days.”
While his 62 free bogey free kick may have come too late to leave Mexico with a win, Scheffler is pleased with his performance this week. And a few more Sunday-like displays could take it back to world number 1 sooner rather than later.
“I feel good, the game is good,” he said. “I hit pretty good this week out of the few bad breaks. And some things go my way, a few more shots I could have hit in the tournament.”
Scheffler will carry Sunday’s momentum into next week’s Houston Open, where he held the 54-hole lead in 2021 but stayed at T-2.